The act of ear piercing dates back to several thousand years ago. From jungle tribes to desert nomads to royalty, pierced ears were signs of both beauty and social status. Ear piercing is more popular today, with both male and female having one or both ear lobes pierced. Some fundamental preventive and maintenance procedures must be observed in order to avoid and treat pierced ear problems either on the lobe or on the cartilage.
A large percentage of individuals experience some problems in the period following piercing of their ear. You’ve probably heard the saying ‘cleanliness is next to godliness.’ Here, it is suitable to say ‘cleanliness is the key to preventing pierced ear problems. It’s extremely important for the individual performing the piercing to operate in clean environment, use sterile equipment and employ a sanitary piercing approach. Ideally, piercing should be carried out in a clinical setting, but many jewelry stores in malls offer the service and this is okay only if the conditions are sanitary and the staff knowledgeable so that the risk of pierced ear problems is minimized.
Another problem that may arise from ear piercing is an allergic reaction to the metal from which the earring was made, especially nickel. The studs to be used should be hypoallergenic and wholly nickel-free; ideally, stainless, surgical steel or 14-karat gold should be used for first piercings. However, remember that even 14-karat gold can contain nickel and may cause irritation in some people. Using surgical steel is simply the safest bet to avoid pierced ear problems of this nature.
Furthermore, Redness and inflammation are two other common pierced ear problems. This can be prevented and treated if adequate hygiene is practiced. After the prescribed healing time, the earrings should be removed and the holes washed with soap and water daily. Additionally, the holes should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol, and an antibacterial ointment may also be applied to the holes before the earrings are reinserted in order to prevent infection. If infection does occur, a physician may prescribe antibiotics to treat the problem.
Pierced ears are always fashionable, and the process is almost always safe, quick and convenient. It isn’t at all difficult to care for newly pierced ears. However, it never hurts to be extra cautious and err on the side of caution rather than experience painful and inconvenient pierced ear problems.